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PostPosted: Sat November 26th, 2016, 02:50 GMT 
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On NBC TV
(Tour's over & no Nobel in December, so...
...it's the best we've got right now folks!)


Bob Dylan (and His Band?)

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90
airs 20 December 2016, Tuesday


Hosted by Alec Baldwin. Guest artists include:
Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, Lady Gaga, k.d. lang, Paul McCartney, Leslie Odom Jr., Kevin Spacey, Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Willis and Stevie Wonder.

Bob Dylan did not appear at Radio City Music Hall when the Special was filmed in September.
Instead, Bob recorded his piece between NET shows while on the road, on 28 October.


Showtime: 9:00 pm ET/PT



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Why did Bob Dylan pay a visit to Birmingham's WorkPlay on Friday, 28 Oct?

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, USA - Bob Dylan likes WorkPlay. How do we know? He told owner Tom Williams so on Friday, 28 October, during a video shoot at the venue's theater.

Dylan, 75, one of the most famous names in the rock world, spent about four hours at the Birmingham entertainment complex, filming a video to commemorate Tony Bennett's 90th birthday.

According to Williams, the video will be part of an NBC TV special, "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come." The two-hour show, which airs Dec. 20, also includes performances by Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and other celebrities.

Dylan couldn't attend the actual celebration, which was filmed Sept. 15 at Radio City Music Hall. However, Williams said, Dylan wanted to mark the occasion with a song. That's the tune he performed and filmed with his band at WorkPlay, with a technical crew and gear brought in for the occasion.

Williams said he watched Dylan's sound check on Friday, but declined to name the song chosen for the filming, citing the artist's desire to keep it under wraps until the show airs.

Dylan, a notoriously private singer-songwriter, didn't allow outside cameras at the shoot, including cell phones. (Sorry, folks, no selfies!) Williams said, however, that Dylan was extremely cordial during his visit and complimented the facilities at WorkPlay.

"He was coming around the corner, and the security man said, 'There's the owner,'" Williams said. "He approached me. We talked for about three minutes, about WorkPlay and the studios. I told him we could record a live show here. He said, 'Great place, great place.' ... Afterward, as he was finishing up and coming back through, he said 'Tom, you have a really nice place,' and put his hand out."

Although these encounters were brief, Williams has exchanged more words with Dylan than most people ever will. The star, a recent Nobel laureate, has a reputation for being tight-lipped on the concert trail, with fans, reporters and promoters alike.

"He was super-nice," Williams said. "They had one rule: No cell phones, no cameras in the air while he's in the building. They just said, 'Give him his space and no cameras.'"

Dylan, who's touring to promote his new album, "Fallen Angels," stopped in Birmingham on the way to Huntsville, where he'll perform tonight at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall. The tour brings him back to Birmingham on Nov. 15 for a show at the BJCC Concert Hall. After that, he's set to play on Nov. 16 at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile.

Williams said Dylan's team contacted WorkPlay about two months ago, asking about the possibility of a rental for the video shoot. The connection came through the venue's sound engineer and production manager, Davy Moire.

Williams said his initial reaction was, "Of course we can do this! Whatever it takes."

WorkPlay has seen its share of stars over the years, from Jack White to the Drive-By Truckers, and the venue hosted a video shoot for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters in 2014. An appearance from Dylan, however, would be an important milestone.

Secrecy was crucial, lest the public invade the venue hoping for glimpse of the iconic musician. Only four or five people at WorkPlay, including general manager Joe Benintende and Williams' wife, Courtney Williams, knew about Dylan's visit in advance. If word leaked before the the shoot, that would be a deal-breaker, Williams said.

"It was tough, but not too tough, (to keep the secret) because we didn't want it to get out," Williams said. "And we didn't want to lose it."

Much of the initial discussion with Dylan's team involved the precise location of the shoot — WorkPlay has a theater, a soundstage, recording studios, office space and more — and the theater finally won the day.

A crew arrived on Thursday to ready the theater, Williams said, and the workers brought a substantial amount of equipment, including set design elements and the analog sound gear Dylan prefers.

"Our preparation was to make sure the room was clean and the sound was right," Williams said. "We really wanted to impress the crew. They used our soundboard, but I'd say they used about 80 percent of their own equipment. It was a huge production."

WorkPlay also contacted a local caterer, Jason Marchant of BYOB restaurant in Lakeview, arranging food for Dylan's team on Thursday and Friday. After the shoot, at Courtney Williams' suggestion, the leftovers were donated to Brother Bryan Mission in Birmingham.

The famed artist arrived around 2 p.m. on Friday, wearing a hoodie and sunglasses, and later changed into a suit for the video. Williams said Dylan wore tuxedo pants and a white shirt, and "had his hair up." A makeup artist was on scene, as well.

Williams said excitement was running high at WorkPlay while Dylan was on scene, but everyone present made sure to keep things cool. Although he knew better than to ask for a photo with Dylan, Williams admits that he was tempted.

"I came so close to asking him," Williams said. "I'm a singer-songwriter fan; Bob Dylan and John Prine and Willie Nelson, they're my thing. It was an honor to have a professional musician and Nobel Prize winner come to WorkPlay and record a song."

*Williams wouldn't say much about Dylan's performance, or any birthday message the singer might have filmed for Bennett.* But he described the video shoot as professional and smooth, and said everyone involved was friendly. Dylan explored the WorkPlay complex a bit during his stay, and even acknowledged the resident dog, Cheetos.

After the filming ended, Williams opened WorkPlay's bar to the visiting crew. Dylan left the venue around 6 p.m., he said, and social media immediately became fair game.

"When I could see the taillights of the bus, I hit Facebook," Williams said. "It was a great day for WorkPlay and for the city."



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*obviously heavy piece of their signed agreement..."word gets out, you lo$e."

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3-Disc Companion Audio
This 3-CD Tony Bennett Set is being billed as the companion to the TV show Celebration and does not list Bob Dylan.
It is notable that Autumn Leaves is on the playlist, by Leslie Odom, Jr., the Hamilton actor?:

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Deluxe Edition
Tony Bennett (Columbia Records)
Expected December 16, 2016

DISC 1
1 The Lady Is a Tramp - Lady Gaga
2 The Good Life - Michael Bublé
3 Ave María" - Andrea Bocelli
4. The Very Thought of You / If I Ruled the World - Kevin Spacey
5. I've Got the World on a String - Diana Krall
6. New York State of Mind - Tony Bennett and Billy Joel
7. I Can't Give You Anything but Love - Rufus Wainwright
8. A Kiss to Build a Dream On - k.d. lang
9. Visions - Stevie Wonder
10. La Vie en Rose - Lady Gaga
11. Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John
12. Autumn Leaves - Leslie Odom Jr.
13. Who Cares? - Tony Bennett
14. The Best Is Yet to Come - Tony Bennett
15. I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
16. I Got Rhythm - Tony Bennett
17. How Do You Keep the Music Playing? - Tony Bennett
18. Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder

Disc 2
1 Fascinatin' Rhythm (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

2 St. James Infirmary Blues (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

3 Vieni Qui (Come to Me) (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

4 We Mustn't Say Goodbye
by Tony Bennett

5 Close Your Eyes (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

6 A Blossom Fell (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

7 Something's Gotta Give (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

8 Whatever Lola Wants (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

9 Heart (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

10 Imagination
by Tony Bennett

11 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
by Tony Bennett

12 The Heart That Broke Was Mine
by Tony Bennett

13 Vanity
by Tony Bennett

14 You Can't Love 'Em All (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

15 Day Dream (2011 Remaster)
by Tony Bennett

16 I've Waited for a Waltz
by Tony Bennett

17 Got the Gate On the Golden Gate
by Tony Bennett

18 This Is All I Ask
by Tony Bennett

19 (I've Got) Beginner's Luck
by Tony Bennett with The Ralph Sharon Trio

20 Love You Madly
by Tony Bennett


Disc 3
1 The Lady's In Love with You
by Tony Bennett

2 Georgia Rose
by Tony Bennett

3 Limehouse Blues
by Tony Bennett

4 I've Got Just About Everything
by Tony Bennett

5 Don't Wait Too Long
by Tony Bennett

6 Pennies from Heaven
by Tony Bennett with Count Basie & His Orchestra

7 Blue Moon
by Tony Bennett with Count Basie & His Orchestra

8 From This Moment On
by Tony Bennett

9 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
by Tony Bennett

10 Country Girl
by Tony Bennett

11 Broadway
by Tony Bennett

12 Days of Love
by Tony Bennett

13 I'm Way Ahead of the Game (Live)
by Tony Bennett

14 Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Live)
by Tony Bennett

15 Firefly (Live)
by Tony Bennett

16 Once Upon a Time (Live)
by Tony Bennett

17 Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) (Live)
by Tony Bennett

18 Lullaby of Broadway (Live)
by Tony Bennett


Tracklist from: amazon.com

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Most likely Joey will be on my case for starting this thread, so let's just get that out of the way right now.

Gleaned from the Tony Bennett thread in Expecting Rain's General Discussion forum:
Johanna Parker wrote:
ingate94 wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/nbc/videos/10154768478125746/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

Glimpse of Bob, around half way in


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PURPOSE OF THIS THREAD
The purpose of this Thread is mainly to discuss & chat about what song it might be that Bob springs on us and to keep folks like me, without televisions, informed as the show unfolds, particularly the Dylan portion. (Live Chat)
...And to post the video link to the a Dylan-only section of the celebration after it airs.


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PostPosted: Sat November 26th, 2016, 02:56 GMT 
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I think he looks cooler with greyish hair. I'm excited to get a performance like this, where it's live but not so live he can't do it again, and one where the visuals can be worked out with some care.


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So did they choose WorkPlay because of the in-house recording facility mentioned in the article? I was under the impression that technology had advanced enough to record anything even in broadcast quality with relatively little trouble on a good laptop these days? I might be wrong?

Does this mean they played the song live and then overdubbed parts in post-production there at the recording facility? Or did they even record it at the studio and then filmed it to the playback? They hardly could have spend fours hours just to run through a two minute song live?

Other than that it surely would have been easier to film the thing during soundcheck at one of the already booked shows or on a day off a in place where there's a show the next night rather than traveling to another town just to tape it?


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PostPosted: Sat November 26th, 2016, 07:56 GMT 
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PostPosted: Sat November 26th, 2016, 14:07 GMT 
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Disc One Tracklist per Euro Site, rearranged & includes Bob (Thanx Joey):

Disk 1 von 3
1
Andrea bocelli - ave maria
2
Tony bennett ft. billy joel - new york state of mind
3
Elton john - can you feel the love tonight
4
Michael buble - the good life
5
Tony bennett - how do you keep the music playing
6
Tony bennett - i left my heart in san francisco
7
Tony bennett - the best is yet to come
8
Tony bennett - i got rhythm
9
Rufus wainwright - i can't give you anything but love
10
Kevin spacey - the very thought of you/ if i ruled the world
11
Diana krall - i've got the world on a string
12
K.d. lang - a kiss to build a dream on
13
Lady gaga - the lady is a tramp
14
Lady gaga - la vie en rose
15
Stevie wonder - visions
16
Stevie wonder - sir duke
17
Leslie odom jr. - autumn leaves
18
Bob Dylan - Once Upon a Time

19
Various artists - happy birthday

https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail ... um/5645164

Johanna Parker wrote:
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Deluxe Edition (16 Dec)
(Bob Dylan - Once Upon A Time)

https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail/-/art/tony-bennett-tony-bennett-celebrates-90-the-deluxe-edition/hnum/5645164

"Once Upon A Time"

Once upon a time
A girl with moonlight in her eyes
Put her hand in mine
And said she loved me so
But that was once upon a time
Very long ago

Once upon a hill
We sat beneath a willow tree
Counting all the stars and waiting for the dawn
But that was once upon a time
Now the tree is gone

How the breeze ruffled up her hair
How we always laughed as though tomorrow wasn't there
We were young and didn't have a care
Where did it go

Once upon a time
The world was sweeter than we knew
Everything was ours
How happy we were then
But somehow once upon a time
Never comes again

Once upon a time
Never comes again


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PostPosted: Sat November 26th, 2016, 14:18 GMT 
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Once Upon A Time
This song is by Tony Bennett and appears on the albums:
I Left My Heart In San Francisco (1962) and The Good Life (2003).

Here's Tony singing it in Helsinki 2012:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Hqu27wFXw


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Handsomeinthefog wrote:
So did they choose WorkPlay because of the in-house recording facility mentioned in the article? I was under the impression that technology had advanced enough to record anything even in broadcast quality with relatively little trouble on a good laptop these days? I might be wrong?

Does this mean they played the song live and then overdubbed parts in post-production there at the recording facility? Or did they even record it at the studio and then filmed it to the playback? They hardly could have spend fours hours just to run through a two minute song live?

Other than that it surely would have been easier to film the thing during soundcheck at one of the already booked shows or on a day off a in place where there's a show the next night rather than traveling to another town just to tape it?


Well, let's hope there's more to the story.
Most likely the privacy & convenience offered at Workplay must've factored into the decision as well.


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When you think of Bob Dylan, the next name that automatically springs to mind is Tony Bennett.


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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Handsomeinthefog wrote:
So did they choose WorkPlay because of the in-house recording facility mentioned in the article? I was under the impression that technology had advanced enough to record anything even in broadcast quality with relatively little trouble on a good laptop these days? I might be wrong?

Does this mean they played the song live and then overdubbed parts in post-production there at the recording facility? Or did they even record it at the studio and then filmed it to the playback? They hardly could have spend fours hours just to run through a two minute song live?

Other than that it surely would have been easier to film the thing during soundcheck at one of the already booked shows or on a day off a in place where there's a show the next night rather than traveling to another town just to tape it?


Well, let's hope there's more to the story.
Most likely the privacy & convenience offered at Workplay must've factored into the decision as well.


Maybe it has something to do with the CD Release? I dont know if they use the live performances or if the artists recorded the songs again in a studio (and bob could do both at this location)


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Why are Elton John and Stevie Wonder just playing their own songs and where's Paul McCartney?


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I just saw Tony Bennett on the Rachel Ray show and he sang The Way You Look Tonight.
Sinatra recorded this song, too.
This is such a beautiful song - it makes me cry every time.
I hope Bob picked this one. 8)

It was originally sung by Fred Astaire in Swing Time. >

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIW_Ah0wg-w&t=1m0s


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20yearsofschooling wrote:
Why are Elton John and Stevie Wonder just playing their own songs and where's Paul McCartney?


Because "Happy Birthday" makes total sense and if you consider Bob did one of his songs for Sinatra's 80s, the same reason might apply here.


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I just saw Tony Bennett on the Rachel Ray show and he sang The Way You Look Tonight.
Sinatra recorded this song, too.
This is such a beautiful song - it makes me cry every time.
I hope Bob picked this one. 8)

It was originally sung by Fred Astaire in Swing Time. >

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIW_Ah0wg-w&t=1m0s


We are let to believe that Bob's song is "Once Upon A Time". Apparently the number comes from the 1062 musical "All American" and was done by F**** S*****, too.


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Handsomeinthefog wrote:

We are let to believe that Bob's song is "Once Upon A Time". Apparently the number comes from the 1062 musical "All American" and was done by F**** S*****, too.


Ok! So I really tried to just restrain myself back when this Tony Bennett thing was announced...
...be politically correct, no whining...well, so I'll just say it.

It's freakin' Tony Bennett! What do we expect?
Of course it's gonna be more of the same Fallen Shadows, uh, stuff!
Not over here doing backflips...except for the fact that SOMETHING is happenin'.

Something is better than nothing, any day.

Edit: and it's not a sellout.


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Seriously Bob - what a sell out.


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Queen Anne Lace wrote:
I just saw Tony Bennett on the Rachel Ray show and he sang The Way You Look Tonight.
Sinatra recorded this song, too.
This is such a beautiful song - it makes me cry every time.
I hope Bob picked this one. 8)

It was originally sung by Fred Astaire in Swing Time. >

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIW_Ah0wg-w&t=1m0s


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Seriously Bob - what a sell out.


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outstanding choice!

in the disc tracklist, especially nice with bob's song coming after lady gaga's - edith piaf song "la vie en rose" - great melodic reprise there, beautiful

bob did "you belong to me" for natural born killers, similar too


mr.bennett has a very distinct phrasing on "once upon a time" it's like he owns the song,

so it is very gutsy of bob and the band to nail this as we know these cats always do, way to go guys!!



Edith Piaf - La vie en rose (Officiel) [Live Version] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzeLynj1GYM

Bob Dylan - You Belong to Me (Without NBK Speech) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eyIZsQSDU0

Tony Bennett. Once Upon A Time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quxCps7uwoM


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If he does Once Upon a Time, I wouldn't mind. Like a Rolling Stone begins with the same phrase. It's a beautiful coincidence.


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Coincidence?


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It's a common phrase but the way the open lines are both sung, it's very eerie. I'm sure Bob heard that song once or twice growing up.


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Restless Farewell or Bob Dylan's Dream. I'm calling it now.


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The song has already been announced. See above.


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Coincidence?

:lol:

Dylan has had lots of coincidences throughout his career, perhaps more than one would expect!! I can guarantee this factoid will be mentioned in various reviews. Placement as 2nd to last before Happy Birthday (so...the dramatic conclusion, if you will) bodes very well, imo, and reading the song lyric it seems perfect for Dylan.


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I campaigned years ago on Tony Bennett's discussion site to try and get him to record Forever Young. I think it would suit him, but of course it's not technically from the Great American Songbook! That would be great to see on this 90th Birthday tribute set!


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